Masters Plan

Go Therefore and Make Disciples

OBEDIENCE

Our Relationship With God

OBEDIENCE

“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”      John 14:21

Many of us are loyal to our notions of Jesus Christ, but how many of us are loyal to Him?  Loyalty to Jesus means I have to step out where I do not see anything;  loyalty to my notions means that I clear the ground first by my intelligence.   Faith is not intelligent understanding, faith is deliberate commitment to a Person where I see no way.

Are you debating whether to take a step in faith in Jesus or to wait until you can see how to do the thing yourself?  Obey Him with glad, reckless joy.  When He says something and you begin to debate, it is because you have a conception of His honor which is not His honor.  Are you loyal to Jesus, or loyal to your notion of Him?  Are you loyal to what He says, or are you trying to compromise with conceptions which never came from Him?  “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.”

“But I do not know how to awake and arise!”  I will tell you.  Get up and do something the Master tells you; so make yourself his disciple at once.  Instead of asking yourself whether you believe or not, ask yourself whether you have this day done one thing because he said, “Do it,” or once abstained because he said, “Do not do it.”  It is simply absurd to say you believe, or even want to believe in him if you do not do anything he tells you.  If you can think of nothing he ever said as having had an atom of influence on your doing or not doing, you have too good ground to consider yourself no disciple of his.

                                                        George MacDonald, Creation in Christ

 

Most of us use “I’m waiting for God to reveal His calling on my life” as a means of avoiding action.  Did you hear God calling you to sit in front of the television yesterday? Or to go on your last vacation?  Or exercise this morning?  Probably not, but you still did it.  The point isn’t that vacations or exercise are wrong, but that we are quick to rationalize our entertainment and priorities yet are slow to commit to serving God.

                                                        Francis Chan, Crazy Love

 

Jesus put his initial focus on fostering behavioral change in the twelve, knowing that attitudinal change would follow later.  It may not be wise to rest the bulk of a disciple-making methodology on a lot of front-end teaching, especially when changing behaviors, attitudes and paradigms is the objective.  In general, people have been adequately taught.  It’s the experiential reality they are missing.

                                                        Doug Greenwold, Making Disciples Jesus Way

 

The way a person becomes a disciple of Jesus is by confessing to Him and committing to Him as Savior and God.  In fact, when you became a Christian, you answered the first call of the disciple, the invitation to put aside your own attempts to save yourself and to lead your life your own way...You become a Christian disciple by choosing to follow Christ in such a way that your core ambitions are changed, so you are no longer serving self first but God.                                

                                                        Michael J. Wilkins

HMMM {QUESTIONS}

  • What areas in your life have you built on the rock (been obedient) and which have been built on the sand?  (Matthew 7:24-29)
  • What areas of your life is God speaking to you about, and what can you do to begin to be obedient in those areas today?  Don’t put it off any longer!
  • How will you apply the truths in this topic to your life this week?  Be specific.

Additional Quotes

What we also find in the book of Acts and in the writings of Paul is the messiness of real life.  They didn't get everything right.  The early Christian communities were far from perfect.  No one, not even the apostles, had a perfect understanding.  Many of us want a map, but what we get is a compass.  We are not given a detailed outline of how we should live each day.  We are given a due north, a direction we should move toward.  On this journey one thing becomes certain: when you move forward on what you know, things become clearer.  When you refuse to act on what you know, all that you do not know paralyzes you.           Erwin McManus-Chasing Daylight

And to expose our hearts to truth and consistently refuse or neglect to obey the impulses it arouses is to stymie the motions of life within us and, if persisted in, to grieve the Holy Spirit into silence.  A.W. Tozer

verses related to this topic

  • 1 Samuel 15:22

    1 Samuel 15:22

    Samuel said, “Has the Lord as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.”

  • Psalm 119:33

    Psalm 119:33

    Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes, and I shall observe it to the end.

  • Jeremiah 7:23

    Jeremiah 7:23

    “But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’”

  • Matthew 5:16

    Matthew 5:16

    “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

  • Matthew 7:24-29

    Matthew 7:24-29

    "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell-and great was its fall. When Jesus had finished these words, the crowds were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.

  • Matthew 28:19-20

    Matthew 28:19-20

    “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

  • John 14:21

    John 14:21

    “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

  • Romans 12:1-2

    Romans 12:1-2

    Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

  • Galatians 6:9-10

    Galatians 6:9-10

    Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

  • Ephesians 2:10

    Ephesians 2:10

    For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.

  • 1 John 2:15-16

    1 John 2:15-16

    Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.

books related to this topic

  • The Divine Conspiracy

    The Divine Conspiracy

    Dallas Willard’s magnificent exposition of the Sermon on the Mount as the teachings of Jesus are applied to our lives. The theme of transformation as a result of responding to the grace of God in obedience permeates this powerful book.

  • Crazy Love

    Crazy Love

    Does something deep inside your heart long to break free from the status quo? Are you hungry for an authentic faith that addresses the problems of our world with tangible, even radical, solutions? God is calling you to a passionate love relationship with Himself.

  • George MacDonald

    George MacDonald

    "Here holiness is presented as so beautiful and necessary that we covet it as a man dying of thirst covets water. I know of no other writer with a greater capacity to make faith real as the air we breathe, rich with the secrets of Paradise for which we would willingly break our hearts." —Robert Siegel University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

  • David Platt

    David Platt

    In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.

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